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CSPAN
Nov 20, 2013 12:00pm EST
stands approve the pledge of aleemings will be led by the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas. ms. tsongas: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster is recognized for one minute. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to introduce a good friend and community leader in my home state, reverend paul taylor and thank him for offering today's invocation. he made the trip to the nation's capital from the city of letreau, pennsylvania. for the past 17 years, reverend taylor has dedicated his life to the students and faculty at st. vincent's college. he's held several positions there, dean of admissions, dean of students and executive vice president. his civic engagement and enthusiasm for improving the lives of o's is not limited to higher education he also serves on the board to have directors for the hospital charity foundation. in his personal
CSPAN
Nov 15, 2013 3:00am EST
106,000 or 1.4% of consumers are going to sign up. if you look at massachusetts, during its first month -- and, mr. president, i'm sure you're aware of this, being in new jersey, close to massachusetts, only 0.3%, or 123 people signed up for coverage out of the 36er,000 who ultimately signed up in the first year. so let's be clear. we all wanted to see bigger numbers, but the affordable care act numbers are four times better than what massachusetts did in its first month. if you talk to the people of massachusetts, they love their health care plan. and our plan is based on their plan. by the way, a republican plan. hundreds of thousands have started the enrollment proficiency and i'll onprocess,. i'm going to go shopping and buy my plafnlt but i'm taking my time because i have some time -- until december. i am going to discuss it with my husband. we're going to decide what's best for us. i'm going to sign up. you know, i think it was the secretary sebelius who said, this isn't like buying a toaster. this is a commitment for a year, and you've got to take your time. so don't come h
CSPAN
Nov 14, 2013 7:00pm EST
the open enrollment 106,000 consumers who sign up. if you look at massachusetts during its first month, mr. president, i am sure you are aware of this being in new jersey, close to massachusetts, only 123 people signed up for coverage. of the 36,002 ultimately signed up in the first year. so let's be clear. we all want, bigger numbers. the affordable care act numbers are four times better than what massachusetts to it in its first month. if you talk to the people of massachusetts, another health care plan. our plan is based upon their plan. by the way, a republican plan. hundreds of thousands started the enrollment process, and i am one of them. i created an account and with a shopping and by my plan. but i am taking my time because i have some time. i will discuss it, decide what is best and sign up i think it was the secretary sibelius' who said this is not like buying a toaster. this is a commitment for a year. you have to take your time. don't come here and tear down the affordable care act without having to put anything in its place in focus on one problem that the president
CSPAN
Nov 20, 2013 2:59am EST
both in massachusetts and nationally. in 2013 he was elected as vice chairman of the board of directors of the conference of state bank supervisors whose behalf he testifies here today. mrs., mr. cotney. miss shasky-cavalry, if you could start. >> chairman warner and merkley, rafrking members kirk and heller and members of the subcommittee. i'm jennifer s hachlt sky calvery, the director of the financial crimes enforcement network. i'm pleased to be here to i'm he discuss the work we're doing at finsen to prevent illicit actors from exploiting the u.s. financial system as technological advances such as g virtual currency create new ways to move money. recognizing the potential for abuse of emerging new payment a methods anymd understanding tha anti-money laundering l protections must keep pace with these advancements, finsen begag working with our partners several years ago to study the issue. here's what we learned.le illicit actors might decide to use virtual currency for many of the same reasons as legitimate a users but also for some more us nefarious ones.specif specifically, an ul
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2013 4:00am EST
though not with us tonight, elizabeth warren, the first woman senator from massachusetts in the u.s. senate. let's have a little applause right there. [applause] in addition, we have a number of other important female elected officials some of whom are with us tonight. we're honored to have present as well, steve grossman, treasurer of the commonwealth. and would other male elected officials stand who are here tonight in support of the cause of women in politics? [applause] tonight's event was sparked by a milestone in women's political activism 175 years ago right here in boston. angelina grimke, a white southerner from charleston, south carolina, became the first american woman to address the legislative body. tonight, we are honored to have her great-great-grandson with us. please give him applause. [applause] angelina grimke's purpose in addressing the legislative body was to present petitions bearing the signatures of 20,000 massachusetts women, black and white, to a joint committee of the general court. the petitioners sought to have congress end slavery in the district of col
CSPAN
Nov 29, 2013 6:00pm EST
massachusetts began recruiting free blacks. fly were distributed near and far from massachusetts to connecticut and pennsylvania, ohio, other northern states and even to canada. working to fill a first of 1,000 recruiters included prominent black frederick douglass and william henry johnson. the 45th massachusetts volunteer was the first northern black to be organized and among the recruit were two of frederick douglass' sons. the white officers were hand picked by the governor himself. subsequently, 23-year-old robert shaw became the chosen officer to lead the regular men had such great importance first because unlike the other black regularmen already organized in the south, it was composed of free black men. would rest on the conduct of the 45th massachusetts battle when the nay sayers were insisting blacks would not, could not fight. having no clue about the fire in their soul ready to ignite. frederick douglass. the 54th massachusetts four performed valiantly. they. they were honor recipient served. it was sergeant william considered the first black recipient even though he wou
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 10:00am EST
we always assumed that, based on massachusetts' experience, the initial sign up will be very slow. and in fact, no payments have to be made until december 15 for coverage on january 1. so, while we don't like the problems we had in october and fixing it in november, we do not think it will impact the timeline because we have a six- month enrollment, so we still have four months left and individuals can apply up until march. >> thank you. thank you, mr. chairman. >> now to senator robert. -- senator roberts. senator robert? >> thank you, mr. chairman. 'm going to focus, if i can, on the concerns raised by senator isakson, alexander, and the chairman, on security and privacy. we have a law, the federal information security management .ct, his mother --fisma everything has to have an acronym. it requires each agency to a point a chief security officer to ensure americans private financial and identifying information is protected. and that is a big issue. secretary civilians revealed last week exchanges operating on temporary authority to operate. there is a 2012 12 memo from zyonts,
CSPAN
Nov 19, 2013 11:00am EST
, and senators -- the gentlelady from massachusetts and washington state. i ask unanimous consent morning business be extended for these two for approximately ten minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection? seeing no objection, the request is granted. ms. mikulski: i now yield to the gentlelady from washington state and then massachusetts. the presiding officer: the gentlelady from washington. mrs. murray: first i want to thank the senator from maryland and the senator from maine for helping to bring so many of us to the floor today to talk about an issue that really cuts across bipartisan -- cuts across partisan lines and has plagued our nation's military and has gone unaddressed for far too long. military sexual assault is an epidemic, and it is right -- it has rightly been identified as such by the pentagon. it is absolutely unconscionable that a fellow service member, the person you rely on to have your back and to be there for you would commit such a terrible crime. it is simply appalling that they could commit such a personal violation of their brother or sister in u
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2013 8:00am EST
brought different ways from different parts of the british isles so you had puritan massachusetts, anglican virginia, maryland founded by catholic family, quaker pennsylvania, dutch reform new york. the framers of the constitution understood this when they decreed there would be no religious test for federal office and the authors of the bill of rights understood when they said congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion which meant there would be no national religion but it also meant among other things that states could maintain their established churches, the commonwealth of massachusetts maintained an established church until 1843. americans have learned from early times not only to polk but even prosper as a nation with cultural diversity but that diversity has also led to severe strains and in one case to a seemingly irrepressible conflict. the first was the mass movement of the scotch irish from northern ireland and lowland scotland in a dozen years before the american revolution. they started coming over in some numbers in 1713 but there was a real ru
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2013 11:00pm EST
the public. >> the gentleman's time has expired. recognize the gentleman from massachusetts. have other things you want to add? >> i think i got my last word in. >> earlier this morning, at the beginning of the hearing, chairman eyes asked about the anonymous shopper function. you said you had decided to direct cgi to disable because of defects. >> yes. >> with the gentleman yield question mark >> no. phrase, you were handed a document. it shows that there were no defects in the system. has blown up a box over the other statements made on the right-hand side of the box that 9:22.ays i have given you a sheet there that is clean from those boxes without the original blowups on their. do you have that? >> i think so. >> that is the original document. we refer me the last statement there starting with the defects identified? criticaltreated as target fixes for 9-12. >> that is what you testified for? you had found defects. yes. >> you decided to focus on compare. >> yes. the opportunity to choose the more critical function, plan compare is much more critical in the path of the consume
CSPAN
Nov 14, 2013 9:00am EST
of this irresponsibility and the negligence of this company in massachusetts. a lawsuit was filed recently in nevada. two young boys were allegedly impacted significantly as a result of this medication that was really bad medication. unless the entire united states senate bends to that one senator's wish -- the one that voted "no" -- he will force this body to jump through hoops and work through the next several days wasting time to finish this crucial drug safety bill. but we're going to finish the bill. we're going to finish that bill. it's important for our country, and i can't let one senator dictate what goes on here in the senate. mr. president, following leader remarks, the senate will be in a period of morning business for two hours. republicans will control the first half, and the majority will control the final half. following that morning business, we will vote on the adoption of the motion to proceed to h.r. 3204, the pharmaceutical drug compounding bill. this is expected to -- i hope that in fact is the case. if thats case that is the case,e will said to what will hap
CSPAN
Nov 19, 2013 9:29pm EST
and i serves t as the commissioner of banks for the commonwealth of massachusetts. it is my pleasure to testify before you today on be-half behalf of the conference of ou state supervisor.hold i thank you forin holding this n hearing today to address the risks and benefits of virtual currency. theri risks of virtual currency include consumer protection, payment systems, national ity, m security, money laundering, and other illicit activities. the potential benefits are also differ.fits are speed and efficiency, lower transaction costs, and providin an outlet for the unbanked and underbanked. with these evolving payment technologies states are exploring the connection between existing money transmitter regulation and virtual currencies. state regulators have long supervised money transmitters to protect consumers and preserve national security and lawnete enforcement interests. state regulators are talking with industry and other regulators about evolving methods of moving funds. this includes virtual currencies, prepaid cards, vir mobile services, andtu peer to pier transactions. sta
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 2:00pm EDT
massachusetts, it is the president that makes sense -- precedent that makes sense to look at. you will see that the first month is going to be slow as people begin to familiarize themselves with options and then make choices they want to make when it comes to their health care. the othersident said day just a small fraction of americans would pay more. do you know what that fraction is? >> that is america question. i do not have that figure because here is the reality of what happens when you create a market that provides options to the american people. when you talk about it, and this is the focus we have discussed in the past, joe, on the portion of the percent -- 5% population that are insured in the individual insurance market, they often have one option, one carrier, one plan available, and every year that company can say your plan is canceled and here's your option, and it is usually a worse plan. what happens now to those individuals is they now have a variety of options. they have levels of coverage that begin with minimum level that if it's that already exceed what they had availa
CSPAN
Nov 22, 2013 4:00pm EST
and hear from andy joining us from marlborough, massachusetts. caller: good morning. i was born on march 21, 1960, so at the time i would have been a little over three and a half years old. i always remember, my first congress in memory that i ever had was being in the kitchen of our third-floor apartment and my mother crying. i remember asking her, you know, what was wrong, why was she crying, and she came out and said that it bad man or someone had shot the president. to this day i would give a million dollars to remember the questions i am sure i probably asked her as any three and a half-year-old would. she was a strong woman and really did not cry that often, but i remember to this day her crying and that really affected her like i guess they did the rest of the nation. every time i hear of the assassination, i always think that that was the first thing that i really remember happening in my life, my mother, how hard she took it that day. that is all i have to say. thank you. host: thank you for the call. i want to go back to one of the iconic photographs, november 22, the ope
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2013 11:00pm EST
roundtables in massachusetts with holly petraeus, head of cfpb head of office of affairs. one issue for veterans is a growing scam involving the v.a.'s aid and attendance benefit, the benefit that helps cover the cost of nursing homes and in-home health aides for our disabled vets who don't have many resources. now, from what i understand the details of this scam are really grisly. a company offers to help a veteran sign up for the benefits. if the company determines the veteran has too many assets to qualify for the benefits, it tries to hide some of those assets by moving them to irrevocable trust or annuity that not only violates the spirit of the program, it often ends up hurting the veteran. the company generally charges huge fees, takes a fat cut of whatever financial product they end up selling to the veteran and moves the assets where the vets can't easily reach them meaning the veteran is actually in much worse financial shape than before the person applied for help. i understand one case where a veteran got set up with an annuity that wouldn't start paying out until he was
CSPAN
Nov 23, 2013 6:00am EST
business wants a $20 co-pay. so we know that from the massachusetts connector experience in small group market and we know that based on the commercial side of the market. and i have a private board that made many of these decisions with a lot of input from policy stakeholder workgroups. so we decided early on that we wanted, that we didn't want to limit products. we wanted carriers to be as innovative as they wanted to be. the one early decision that we made, which was unanimously recommended by all stakeholders including consumer groups, providers and carriers was that we would not allow benefits substitutions to the central health benefits package. and so that products could have additional benefits like acupuncture as an example, if not one of the core benefits. so the variation in product is really additional benefits on top of the essential health benefits benchmarked and the variation in your out of pocket liability. so the co-pay, coinsurance, et cetera. >> thank you. spent thank you. i also work in coalition with many asian-american organizations. so my question has to do with
CSPAN
Nov 29, 2013 3:35pm EST
senate in 1993, i was only the 16th woman ever elected to the massachusetts senate since 1790. pretty disgusting. when i was elected president of the senate in 2007, i was the first woman ever to be elected to lead the legislative body in massachusetts. and today, only 25% of our legislature consists of women. and in the senate, the number has grown to 13. this is not just a problem massachusetts. 18% of the 500 seats in congress are made up of women. there is not enough progress. we need to support women who have dreams of running for office. those of us who are female legislators have to set an example to future generations by showing that it can be done. when i was head of equal pay for equal work, i always said, and i say it today, when you go through the door some of the people here and myself opened pushed open, don't close it behind you. keep it open. the bottom line is, women deserve to be in office. not because of the fact they are women. they are just as qualified and hard-working as men. too many young women do not feel they have enough credentials to run. you heard that to
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2013 10:00am EST
massachusetts has generally been very well on this and basically massachusetts has imported high skilled, high education people. it's exported metal skill that is a relatively small state. you have got, what, six-point something million people in a little less than arizona. california has 38 million in texas has 25 million. so massachusetts is almost like a single nice metro area that's worked out pretty well. but you still have pretty high levels of any quality as well. so, you know, call on the people that say they want more inequality -- more income equality how come the places that you run have the highest income inequality. and they think the answer is you tax the middle income people out, you have high housing costs by environmental regulations and other things like california, for example but also, metro new york. no population increase in the last 40 years. it's the same. immigrants in and americans out. that's been the pattern. if you want to raise a family and you are not high income, phd educated, you have a decent job, what does the house cost you in the san francisco
CSPAN
Nov 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
president visited massachusetts, the closest existing program like this, a very similar program launched in massachusetts, you have a dynamic where enrollment was very slow initially. only 123 people in the first month in massachusetts. and then built up steadily over the course of time. 0.3%123 represented .20 -- of what would be the overall enrollment at the end of the day. >> what has called you to challenge that? >> the president has called on the house to take up the legislation and pass it. we are not laying down a challenge. we are obviously disappointed when any lawmaker announces that he or she does not support extraordinarily fair basic americans,for lgbt protection that other americans enjoy, and that they should enjoy. we will work with congress. we look forward to passage in the senate. we are heartened by the developments in the senate that brought us this far. believe the momentum behind equal rights is such that we will prevail as a country on this issue. >> very quickly, the book that -- oming out, double down pre-k's you did not get your copy? >> not yet. the president att
CSPAN
Nov 7, 2013 2:00am EST
is that the governor of massachusetts estimated that only 123 consumers signed up in the first month but eventually tens of thousands did and now today the state has nearly universal coverage. they went from one in four people having insurance to uninsured being one in four to 2340u being one in ten. we know the results so to me it's a reminder of what our goal was which is to address double digit increases in insurance rates were preventing people from getting insurance coverage. so to me the issues of the website and software since it's part of a background i've had before, to me it's about writing code and getting things tested and it's very frustrating for andnd struggling for months months and months to get a scientific way to clean up that resource. that case it's about just getting the code right and making it work and making it function. in that case, governor romney for and got a three month did he clay. i'm not asking you to comment on that. i know the chairman asked to you comment on that. but i think there is no shame in pushing out a date based on technology. that's my o
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 12:00pm EST
that the beginning -- butrollment period what we've learned in massachusetts is when it comes to enrolling in health care, any of us wait until the end to get it done. what didator tavenner, the administration anticipates would be the pattern, of enrollment, prior, what were you thinking prior to the launch of thinkcare.gov, and do you the early problems you had are moing to affect the long-ter pattern in enrollment? >> we assumed we would be able to enroll folks throughout the six months, but that that greatest surge would come in december, because we got there were people who wanted coverage on january 1 and the second search would come late february, early march, by the individuals who were not as motivated to get insurance. figures, butment they were lower for october him and i think they will be low, and it follows the massachusetts experience, and that was part of the reason for such a long and rome at period -- such a long enrollment period in the first year. >> and you have time to get these problems fixed? >> i think we have time. >> we agreed that the problems of the we
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2013 9:00pm EST
the experience we expect here -- that is the experience we saw in massachusetts and that is the experience we saw here. we expect that pattern to play marketplaces in the affordable care act. the fact that the website has been so problematic and challenging in the first month means that enrollment numbers will be even lower than expected. beyond that, i do not have specific figures. i anticipate that we will be releasing data about enrollment by the end of the week. >> the president spoke last week about problems with the rollout that needed to be fixed. -- i was referring to design my team to see what we could do to close some gaps in the law. he was addressing the issue of cancellations and some of the concerns he has about individuals who have had their existing policies canceled. has gotten a lot of attention. the problem with the website is being addressed by a team of tech experts. a punch list of problems that need to be fixed in different areas of the website and they have been working through that. ,hey are making progress gradual progress each day. there is no question
CSPAN
Nov 20, 2013 12:00am EST
marketplaces was based on what was done in massachusetts. and the experience of massachusetts was that in the first month, 153 people signed up out of an ultimate 36,000. i mean, it was -- it was less than 1 percent signed up in that first month, partly because buying insurance is a complicated process for a lot of people. when they have more choices, it means that they're going to take more time. there's no doubt that we've lost some time, but the website's getting better each week. by the end of this month it will be functioning for the majority of people who are using it. they'll be able to shop, see what their choices are. the prices are good. the prices are not changing during the open enrollment period that goes out until march. and so i think that we're going to have time to catch up. what's also been expressed as a concern is the mix of people that sign up. so we might end up, you know, having millions of people sign up, they're happy with their new coverage, but we've got more people who are older, more likely to get sick than younger and healthier. we've got to monitor that c
CSPAN
Nov 6, 2013 10:00pm EST
, that's i think a heritage that governor , part of the ed and massachusetts. >> we've had i think roughly ten hearings just before the of the law and since on october 1st. i think when we were doing this i think we had two hearings and maybe the first 1 was four months after the was implemented and we then not to harang and harass people. the progressstion, with repairing the federal improvements have seen the americans change and what can we see in the next several weeks? well, senator, i think i'm admit that the excruciatingly awful for way too many people. get in people couldn't the site in the first place. nd then when they were able to access the site, screens would go down all the time. hey couldn't get from place to place. i would say that those are the areas of focus and we are in a continuous era where on a very with a very rigorous schedule of mprovements we are adding hardware and software to fix the peoplenality and getting from place to place, increase the speed and make sure we are the volume of people who clearly want to use regularss the site on a basis. o, there h
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2013 7:00pm EST
one individual company in massachusetts that was not being inspected or regulated, and they had a bad batch of drugs. >> you mentioned that montana company in the article and tweet yesterday on the procedural vote in the senate tweets that senate passes key vote to regulate pharmacy response to deadly meningitis. the outbreak started in massachusetts last year. why wasn't the fda responding to these sort of pharmacies? >> well, there was somewhat of a gray area in the law. the fda was responsible for these pharmacies, but there was a court ruling that had put some of their responsibility in to question. since outbreak the fda has been involved more heavily in inspections. but this law is to clarify that and creates a new voluntary category, which is somewhat controversial allowing some of these large pharmacy manufacturing facilities to register themselves and submit themselves to more fda scrutiny similar to the kind a traditional drug manufacturer undergo. >> who are the bill's main sponsors in the senate? >> in the senate it's tom harkin, the head of the health committee, and i
CSPAN
Nov 19, 2013 2:00am EST
points to massachusetts, but that law had huge bipartisan support in the state legislature, making it easy to go back and fix things when they did not work and tinker with it. host: here is a little bit from the president late last week. [video clip] >> those who got cancellation notices do deserve and have received an apology from me. they want, whether we can make sure that they are in a better place and that we meet that commitment. by the way, it is important to note that a whole bunch of folks in congress and others who made this statement, they were entirely sincere about it. the fact that you have got this percentage of people who have had this impact, i want them to know that their senator or congressman, they were making representations based on what i told them and what the white house and the administrative staff told them. it is on us. it is something that we intend to fix. host: kyle cheney? guest: the president has been getting an earful from congress, democrats in congress, about the fact that they stuck their necks out for him when he said if you like your health plan,
CSPAN
Nov 8, 2013 12:30am EST
massachusetts. other regions of the country; whole does not have a large presence in some states, like california and massachusetts. other regions are well aware that kentucky. to hear t cncer we country. but since epa i refuses tocom to kentucky, i decided on behalf of kentucky's coal miners and families that i would bring their concerns to you myself. the epa won't come to listen to us, we'll come here. to the epa. by now it is clear that this administration and your agency have declared a war on colt. for kentucky it means a war on jobs and our state's economy. the president outright stated his intention for the coal industry. this is what he had to say. if somebody wants to build a coal power plant. they can. it will bankrupt them. they're going to be charged a huge sum for the greenhouse gas being emitted. a direct quote from the president of the united states. one of the first things president obama did upon taking office in 2009 was to push through congress' cap-and-trade bill to try to push it through -- i might add. designed to hike utility rights and bankrupt the coal industr
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2013 1:00am EST
japan, to his great nephew and massachusetts newest congressman, joe kennedy, to the school of public service that bears the public name and teaches young leaders how they may one day pass the torch to a new generation. his is a legacy of a man who could have retreated to a life of luxury and ease, but who chose to live a life in the arena, sailing sometimes against the wind, sometimes with it. that is why 50 years later, john f. kennedy stands for posterity as he did in life -- young and bold, daring. and he stays with us in our imagination not because he left us too soon, but because he embodied the character of the people he led. resilient, resolute, fearless, and fun-loving, defiant in the face of impossible odds, and determined to make the world a good one, not settling for what is rather what might be. in his idealism, his sober, square jawed idealism, we are reminded that the power to change this country is ours. this afternoon, michelle and i were joined by president clinton and secretary clinton to pay tribute to that proud legacy. we had a chance to lay a wreath at the grave
CSPAN
Nov 5, 2013 2:00am EST
he did in massachusetts people people will run to the doctor and get the physical. that will settle in with very good nurses and physicians and these teams of caregivers to organize primary care, chronic care management and the life care. there are lots of things we can do if we can write down the barriers across the board.
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2013 5:00pm EST
standards in schools overseas. i have met with recovering veterans at home in massachusetts. i have met with them at walter reed. they want very simply a world where they can be independent, go out and fend for themselves, where they can travel abroad to work or study or vacation, and they should never have to worry about whether the disabilities sustained fighting on our behalf are going to prevent them from accessing the classroom, a workplace, a hotel, or transportation overseas. like all people with disabilities, they deserve a world where they can fully participate in the global economy on equal terms without fear of discrimination or loss of dignity. joining the disabilities treaty will also expand opportunities for american students with disabilities, who need to be able study abroad to prepare themselves to compete in the global economy. i want you to take the example of a person who is one of the outstanding interns at the state department. she is here today. she is a graduate student with dreams of a career in foreign affairs. she happens to also be deaf. two years ago she tra
CSPAN
Nov 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
constituents. medicalf doctors and facilities that will take my and myce is limited massachusetts doctors are not on the list. the one closest to me, portsmouth hospital, is not on the list. kathleen says the exchange choice will not allow me to use my primary care doctor affiliated with the portsmouth hospital. all oncology physicians are located in boston, not covered. margaret in stratford wrote me. she currently go straight hospital in rochester which is, again, not part of the exchange and described the impact to me in this way. goould no longer be able to to the hospital which is four miles away. i could no longer see the gynecologist whom i trust. i could no longer use the surgeon who saved my life when emergency surgery was required. visit the sameer in turn asked. if i were to develop our problems -- the same internest. i could no longer go tere. his primary care physician is there and it says he will have to go to another hospital. he does not know the health condition. has gone to the hospital for 40 years. he has had multiple different insurance companies but have always been
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2013 1:00pm EST
calls with the massachusetts board of pharmacy where the necc was located towkd to an array of compounding products. on october 25 of last year to explore the i.e.d. for legislation, the committee launched a bipartisan process to examine the respective state and federal roles in regulating compounding pharmacy. my oversight team worked with senator alexander's to gather documents from f.d.a. and the state of massachusetts that shed light upon how necc had been had been allowed to grow so large with so little oversight. last november we released an initial report and held a hearing exploring the statutory and regulatory gaps that contributed to this tragic. -- tragedy. our bipartisan investigation continued and culminated in a final report that was released may 22 of this year. over the course of this investigation we explored how drug compounding has evolved as an industry over the past couple of decades. now, drug compounding is a traditional and long-standing activity of pharmacies. it serves an important role in our health care system. compounding is when just a few people,
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Nov 22, 2013 8:00pm EST
isenberg school of management at the university of massachusetts amherst and she has received numerous awards including the john f. kennedy profiles in courage award. she has twice been named as the second most powerful woman in the world why "forbes" magazine and she was named by harvard university and "washington post" magazine as one of seven america's top leader so we will hear from sheila bair and she will be interviewed by my colleague ron brownstein. ron has had two stints with "national journal" and atlantic media. in between he was the national affairs columnist and political correspondent for "the los angeles times" and while there was twice a finalist for the pulitzer prize for his coverage of presidential elections. he is the steady hand behind the editorial coverage across the company and writes often for "national journal" and the atlantic is a weekly column in "national journal" and is covered lots of beads for us in washington as correspondent and west coast correspondent for sometime as well. welcome to the stage ron brownstein and sheila bair. thank you. [applause] >>
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Nov 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
massachusetts all or at the hearing this morning where they have the center of medicaid andc medicare services talking abouts the health care law. a senator from alaska wasn especially cogent in pointing out the difficulties and who differences between those twonai live in alaska and their inability to connect to theem services in the new health carel law. e if i remember correctly she sait only three have been able to drc enroll in pointed out the differences in time. i would like to spend a few minutes reflecting them whatthis happened this morning and what i said to the administration's witness., i begin by telling a story about 16,000 to alexian's who have insurance through something called cover tennessee. a low-cost coverage stateir program. obamacare is canceling a policy. the cover tennessee apparently is an example of what the president has called bad applesd an insurance plan that washington has decided is not enough for you. t i recently heard from one ofn those who policy will bee cancelled on january 1. her name is amelie. thirty-nine years of age. she lives in t
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Nov 15, 2013 5:00am EST
next step. we expect, as was the experience of massachusetts, after the initial rollout, there was an acceleration to it. it is pretty exciting. i think i can almost unanimously say there are members very pleased with the president posses statement today, that he would do what he could do administratively on this, to have the delay, to encourage insurance companies to make sure people know what their rights are in terms of going to an exchange. you know his provision. i will not visit it except to say it was positively received in the process of putting together our motion to recommit our legislative opportunity as a minardi for tomorrow. you will hear more about it tomorrow. it is complementary to what the president has done. i think the administration for their availability in any and all occasions, to, and spell out specifically what the opportunities are and for some of our members, to spell out clearly what the problems are with the bill, the bill of the hour coming out tomorrow. for all the fuss and everybody said how the bill would protect, it does not mandate insurance comp
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Nov 19, 2013 9:00pm EST
changes you have heard about. ... >> even ahead of what massachusetts was. people got closer to the deadline, the "l.a. times" reported that a number of states that use their own systems are attracting enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in november. california, and they enrolled 31,000 people in private plans last month nearly double that in the first two weeks of this month and several other states are outpacing their enrollment estimates and minnesota enrollment was tripling the rate of the first half grades we see an acceleration, even in the federal marketplace, we show that "the new york times" reported that this is double the private plan enrollment and is the first two weeks of november. and we are seeing improvements and the increase of people going back on the site successfully is a very encouraging situation. rather than just attack the health care law and undermine it, we ought to try to make it work and we are anxious to make sure that you do your job and the website and all of that gets to be working. call upon us, because we are able to act in that
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Nov 7, 2013 6:00pm EST
california and massachusetts. other regions are well aware that coal provides nearly 40% of our nation's electricity. as such, i ask all of you folks to hold a hearing in kentucky to hear the concerns of coal country. ofecided on behalf kentucky's coal miners and their families that i would bring the concerns myself. if the epa will not listen to us, we will come to the epa. it is clear that the administration and your agency have declared a war on coal. for kentucky, this means a war on jobs and our state economy. the president has our right stated his intentions for the industry and this is what he had to say. "if somebody wants to build a coal power plant, they can. it is just that they will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all of the greenhouse gas that is being emitted." from the direct quote president of the united states. one of the things president obama did when he took office was to push through a trade bill , to try to push it through, to try to bankrupt the coal industry. democratic party both houses of congress. they held a super majority in
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Nov 15, 2013 11:00pm EST
people have already applied for coverage. a faster signup rate that experienced in massachusetts. even with all the technical problems we have had. in my state of california, nearly 400,000 people have begun applications in the first month. there will be a total of six months to sign up, this program is going to work. . these are significant signs of progress. they show us we're on our way. on our way to dramatically expanding health insurance coverage in this nation. this bill will take us backwards. i urge a no vote and i retain the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i would yield two minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden. -- mr. upton: mr. speaker, i would yield two minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden. mr. walden: i rise today for the voice of oregonians who have already received their cancellation notices. they've been told the policy that they like, that they wanted to keep they cannot have any longer. i was down in my district
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Nov 22, 2013 4:00am EST
, hawaii, idaho, kentucky, maryland, massachusetts, minnesota, nevada, new mexico, new york, oregon, rhode island, utah, vermont, and washington state. in all parts of our country, some with republican governors, some with democratic governors, but all with people who need leadership to help them find health care that they can afford. and it makes up nearly 40% of all the nation's small employers are in these states. that's who we're focused on today. we all know that the rollout of the individual insurance website has been disappointing, to say the least, but today's hearing is focused on implementing the rollout of the s.h.o.p. exchanges, which is the focus of our committee, where we had a lot of input into how this bill was designed, to emphasize the need for a better rollout, not just for individuals, but for small businesses. today, as i said, we are joined by states that accepted this challenge and responsibility to create state-based exchanges and did it well, as well as those who are having difficulty. for those states that have made the decision to operate their own s.h.o.p
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Nov 4, 2013 10:30pm EST
in the congress once told a representative from massachusetts told me. we were at a budget summit, one of the first budget summits during the reagan administration and all of these issues that we talked about were on the table. entitlements, discretionary spending, taxes, and it was not easy. in those days leadership said we have to stay in the room and not leave until we got a deal. and we kept working at it. everyone would get up and discuss and someone would eventually get up and walk out. this reminds me about the three missionaries, the british, the french, and the italian missionary who were in a very uncivilized part of the world. and they were making their way down this river and they manage to make it ashore only to fall into the hands of others. and he said in his heart, god save the queen. the french missionary took out his knife and said viva lafrance. the italian took out his stiletto and started punching himself in the chest area and said what are you doing. and he said i'm trying to screw up your canoe. [laughter] i know trying to work and keep the defense departmen
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Nov 22, 2013 4:00pm EST
yet. maybe one day. hawaii, idaho, kentucky, maryland, massachusetts, nevada, new mexico, new york, rhode island, vermont, and washington state. in all parts of the country, some with republican governors, some with republican legislators, some democratic legislators but all with people who need leadership to help them find health care they can afford and it makes up nearly 40% of all of the nations small employers in the state. we know that the rollout of the individual website has been disappointing to say the least. but today's hearing is focused on the rollout of the shop exchanges which is the focus of our committee where we had a lot of input into how the bill was defined to emphasize the need for the rollout not just for individuals but businesses. today as i said we are joined by states accepted the challenge and responsibility to create the state-based exchanges and did it well as well as those that are having difficulty. for those states that made the decision to operate their own shop marketplaces we are already seeing evidence. i was completely happy to see them spoke t
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Nov 21, 2013 8:00pm EST
have to say. >> massachusetts, catherine on the democrats line. good evening. to say, bravo, senator harry reid. it is about time. we need something to change. i think it is a good change. >> i appreciate all your calls. more of them ahead tomorrow on washington journal. we will tell you we will spend much of the day tomorrow here on c-span focusing on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of president john f. kennedy. we will hear from david hawkins, how the talk about white house and washington d.c. prepared for jfk's funeral. after that, richard reeves talks about the legacy of john f. kennedy 50 years after his death. also, paul gregory, a family friend of the assassin, lee to my -- oswald, will be morning. it starts our all-day coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination here on c-span. next up, we will take you to some of the senate floor following change and filibuster rules. you will hear from senator chuck grassley and one of the three democrats who voted did not favor the filibuster rules changes. senator carl levin of michigan. -- that we've taken today. than
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Nov 7, 2013 10:00am EST
, elizabeth warren, the senator of massachusetts, is pushing hard to break up the banks. are you worried that with this continuing regulatory pressure that argument is going to gain ground? >> let me come back to why i believe the model, the universal banking model works because i think that is the fundamental policy decision. if you think about it from a customer, a client's perspective, the ability for a major company to bring both corporate banking and investment banking -- especially in light of the new capital rules, the fact that you have to make sure you are getting paid for using your capital -- is the superior is this model. it is the model the clients want. it is the model that wins. when you go to the trading side, you cannot do the first model without having the ability to distribute the bonds or equity out to the market, and that market -- universal model works. it is the model outside the united states and it has been. is thestion is, what scope of activities, how much capital, how much liquidity? think about last year's stress test that the fed went through. when we did th
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